Leesburg -- Sad news to report Christmas night out of Leesburg where long time Mayor Bob Boney passed away at his home yesterday afternoon.
Boney, who held office for the past 17 years, was a well known figure in Leesburg and Lee County.
He served as warden of the Lee Correctional Institute, now the Lee State Prison, from 1966 to 1986.
In 1990 he took office as Mayor of Leesburg, an office that he held until his death yesterday following an illness.
"It's going to be a tremendous loss to his family and to the city. He has made it his goal to improve the quality of life of Leesburg. He was really into the beatification of the city to make it a place where people would like to call their hometown." said Leesburg City Attorney Bert Gregory.
Mayor Boney was a World War II veteran and was active in the Police Officers Association of Georgia.
We're told he died with his family by his side around 4 o'clock on Christmas Eve.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Friday at the Leesburg United Methodist Church.
Mayor Pro Tem Sydney Johnson will carry out mayoral duties until an election can be held.
Mayor Boney was 81-years-old.
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